Tim Anderson is "very grateful" to be the first Chicago White Sox shortstop to start the All-Star Game since 1970

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson came close but didn’t get an at-bat during last year’s All-Star Game at Denver’s Coors Field.

He anticipates making at least one plate appearance in this season’s Midsummer Classic after being voted the AL’s starting shortstop, becoming the first Sox shortstop to start the All-Star Game since Luis Aparicio in 1970.

“Last year I stayed on deck (in the ninth) so I have a chance to get an at-bat (this time),” Anderson said Friday. “I know I’m going to have an at-bat this year.

“It’s great. I’m definitely excited about it, for sure.”

Anderson edged out Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays in the final vote for the job and will make his first All-Star start on July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Anderson received 55% of the vote to Bichette’s 45% in the results announced Friday.

“Just to come here from the jump and work all the way here and now to see where it started, it’s just a blessing,” Anderson said. “I am very grateful to have been selected to start.”

Anderson is slashing .316/.357/.423 with five home runs, 20 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and 35 runs in 56 games this season. He would rank fourth in the American League in batting average with the required number of plate appearances, but was on the disabled list from May 30 to June 20 with a right groin strain.

Anderson snapped a 19-0 hitless streak with a single in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field. He had two hits and scored a run in Friday’s 7-5 loss to the Tigers.

“I’ve just been working hard on this stretch,” he said. “I’m just trying to find that feeling back. I feel like everything comes back.

“I had some pretty good changes (Thursday) and (Friday). Hopefully everything keeps clicking.”

He has a weighted plus of runs created (wRC+) of 123 this season, according to FanGraphs. The stat estimates a player’s offensive contribution in total runs and adjusts that number to account for external factors such as stadium and era. The major league average is 100, which means Anderson is 23% above that.

“It wasn’t long in my first year here when I said I was as good as anybody,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said before Friday’s game. “If you watch it long enough, then you’ll see, you rank it with the best game.”

Anderson was one of four Sox players on the American League roster last year, joining pitchers Lance Lynn, Carlos Rodón and Liam Hendriks. Anderson entered that game at shortstop in the eighth and was in the on-deck circle in the top of the ninth when the final out of the inning was recorded.

He is the first Sox shortstop to make consecutive All-Star teams since Ozzie Guillen in 1990-91.

Anderson is also the fourth Sox shortstop to start, joining Aparicio (seven times), Chico Carrasquel (three times) and Luke Appling (twice). And he will be the first Sox shortstop to start the All-Star Game since Aparicio in 1970.

“You know it means a lot,” he said of the fan support. “For people to pay attention and support me and vote for me. I will always be grateful for them making that happen.”

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